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Media Release 18 Nov 2006 - Action not spin
« on: November 18, 2006, 10:36:10 AM »
Media Release 18th  November 2006

It is time the Minister and Translink responded to suggestions to improve Brisbane Rail Services with something other than ?spin?!

RAIL ? Back On Track (http://backontrack.org)  a web based community organisation for the promotion of rail throughout Australia has called on the Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Translink and QR to listen to commuters and organisations that are seeking solutions to years of public transport neglect in Brisbane.

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?The article 'More passengers but no more room' (Courier Mail 17th Nov) highlights what many commuters have been saying for a while now. RAIL Back On Track (backontrack.org), a community web based organisation has provided much feedback and suggestions to the Minister for Transport and Public Works, and Translink. Most of these communications are apparently dismissed as we never receive any direct feedback. The Minister and Translink would be well advised to actually listen to the community and organisations that are providing sensible solutions to our community's transport needs. If they took the time to visit our website they might be surprised.?

?Since running the article the Courier Mail has had a lot of feedback highlighting the problems facing rail commuters.  Active consultation with commuters and organisations with public transport interest,  is needed to help sort out the mess.  The planning processes have clearly failed, and the catch-up solutions are just that.  They lack the vision for the longer term.?

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Media Release 18 Nov 2006 - Action not spin
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2006, 02:36:17 PM »
I received some feedback from Translink to this release :D   Thanks Translink.

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The Beattie Government has announced funding of $900million for the
Metropolitan Track and Rollingstock Implementation Program.  This program
will provide additional Citytrain rollingstock and infrastructure to cater
for patronage growth requirements to 2011.  This will focus in particular
on the morning peak travel period, which determines the overall capacity
of the urban passenger rail network.  This naturally excludes growth
resulting from potential extensions to the rail network.

The key part of this program is the supply of 72 extra carriages which is
expected to considerably improve QR?s capacity to service Citytrain?s
increasing patronage.

The Sunshine Coast will benefit from five additional three-carriage units.
 Commuters will have increased access to more frequent services,
especially on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast lines.

The first 16 three-carriage unit will include a toilet which will benefit
Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast commuters.  The remaining 24 carriages will
be designed for suburban traffic and are proposed to be used on the Ferny
Grove, Caboolture and Beenleigh lines.  These trains will be progressively
introduced from early 2007.

TransLink will advise specific service upgrades when timetables have been
reworked.

The Beattie Government is committed to improving public transport for the
benefit of residents and businesses in South East Queensland.  The Draft
TransLink Network Plan (TNP) provides a ten year plan and detailed
three-year rolling program of public transport improvements in South East
Queensland.  The TNP will be updated each year as actions are completed,
new actions move into the three-year program and the results of more
detailed consultation, planning and design work emerges.

TransLink is developing this plan collaboratively with its business
partners and key stakeholders and building on the work done by various
working groups and technical studies.  TransLink is also considering
suggestions from members of parliament and the community in developing the
plan.  For example:

?       new public transport services or improvements to existing services
?       improvements to stations and stops, including park and ride
facilities
?       improvements to other infrastructure, such as priority measures
for buses

We appreciate the time that you have taken to provide us with your
feedback and have forwarded your comments to our Network Planning
department for their consideration.
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